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Recognizing, Preventing, and Treating TBIs

On behalf of Randall & Stump, PLLC in Personal Injury on Thursday, March 21, 2019

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention discovered that approximately 2.8 million people in the United States suffer from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year. TBIs are often the result of car accidents, truck crashes, slip and falls, work accidents, and a number of other types of accidents and incidents. They are considered serious injuries that can change a victim’s life forever.

If you or a loved one has sustained a TBI as result of someone else’s negligent acts, it is in your best interest to reach out to the experienced Charlotte traumatic brain injury lawyers at Randall & Stump, PLLC. We may be able to help you secure fair compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, rehabilitation expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages. Contact us today at (980) 237-4579 to schedule a free consultation of your case.

Recognizing TBIs

There are a variety of symptoms that may indicate you or a loved one has a TBI. In many cases, these symptoms aren’t immediately apparent, and begin to appear over time. Some of the most common physical, cognitive, and emotional symptoms of TBIs include:

  • Seizures – Seizures may arise in the early stages of a TBI, or years after the injury occurred. When they are recurrent, they are considered post-traumatic epilepsy.
  • Headaches – Persistent headaches are very common after a TBI. They may go on for several months.
  • Blood vessel damage – A TBI damages small or large blood vessels in the brain, and may eventually cause blood clots, a stroke, or other serious complications.
  • Communication problems – After a TBI, you may have a difficult time speaking or writing, organizing thoughts and ideas, and/or following conversations.
  • Behavioral changes – Risky behavior, physical or verbal outbursts, and difficulty with self-control are some examples of common behavioral changes after a TBI.

If you or a loved one are displaying any of these symptoms after an accident, it’s important to seek medical attention right away.

Treating TBIs

Your age, the severity of your TBI, as well as the type of brain injury you have will determine your treatment plan. If you have a minor TBI, you may need to rest your body and mind. However, if you are living with a moderate or severe TBI, you may require ongoing treatment that includes counseling, medications, home modifications, assistive devices, and physical, occupational, and speech therapy.

Preventing TBIs

Fortunately, there are several ways you can reduce your risk of developing a TBI. Our Charlotte traumatic brain injury lawyer recommend the following tips:

  • Wear a seat belt. Wearing a seat belt every time you’re in a motor vehicle can reduce your risk of serious injuries and fatalities from accidents a significant amount. If you have a child in the car, make sure they are safely secured in a child safety seat, booster seat, or seat belt.
  • Drive defensively. Obey all traffic laws, refrain from speeding, limit all distractions, and never drive when you’re fatigued or under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Make home modifications. You can prevent falls that lead to TBIs by keeping your home clear of clutter and installing safety features like handrails, more lighting, and non-slip mats.
  • Wear a helmet. Be sure to wear a helmet any time you ride a bike or motorcycle, participate in contact sports, ski or snowboard, ride a horse, zip line, or engage in any other activity that involves heights.

Contact a Charlotte TBI Lawyer for Help

If you or someone you love has been left with a TBI after an accident that was caused by another party’s negligence, contact a personal injury lawyer from Randall & Stump, PLLC as soon as possible. We can inform you of your legal options and ensure your rights are protected. Call us at (980) 237-4579 today, or reach out through the online contact form to schedule a free, initial consultation of your case.